As a result of last year’s floods, most of the local rivers and streams still have large accumulations of debris and logjams. These are excellent holding areas for trout.
Go where the people aren’t! Large fish are easily spooked, so try to maintain a low profile to avoid spooking the fish. Watch your shadows, and be careful of disturbing rocks or downed trees in or near the water. Fish will pick up on the vibrations and spook easily.
If you do spook them, rest the pool and try again in about 20 minutes, fish have short memories. On the ponds, avoid banging or bouncing around in the boat/canoe, minimize oar splash and be sure to wear your PFD; it’s now the law.
Always cast to a pool from further away then you think is necessary, and try to be accurate. There is nothing more frustrating than getting hung up on the first cast and ruining a potentially productive toss.
Don’t just reel in your fly or lure, vary the retrieve and change the speed and depth. Twitch the offering to give it an erratic motion. If it isn’t working, change lures. Experiment, and figure out a way to trigger their strike response.
Most of all, take your time, relax and have some fun, fishing is not supposed to be a chore. It is not intended to be a contest between anyone but the angler and the fish. And be sure and take a friend, or a kid along with you.
Angling adventures are more enjoyable if they are shared, and the stories are more likely to be believable.
Joe Hackett is a guide and sportsman residing in Ray Brook. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.